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  C-47A-70-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-100728  
USAAF
5th AF
375th TCG
57th TCS

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Elliot Smock 2000

Pilot  2/Lt Thomas Fletcher (KIA)
Co-Pilot  Robert McDowell, O-721828 (KIA) OH
Crew  1/Lt Carl F. Copeland (KIA) MA
Crew  Sgt Charles A. Donnelly (KIA) MA

Crew  TSgt James E. Wilson (KIA)
MIA  January 9, 1945

Aircraft History
Constructor Number 19191. Officially, this C-47 was condemned on June 28, 1945

Wartime History
This C-47 crashed due to undetermined reasons on Biak.

After the crash, the remains of the three crew members were recovered in 1945 and two of which are buried at the Manila Cemetery.

Wreckage
Wreckage remains including the tail section and other wreckage.

Elliot Smock reports:
"This C-47 is located about 1km from the P-39. Max Priban is pictured with the tail stabilizer and wing parts lie close to the road and it is said that some of it was bulldozed there during construction of the road. Villages told us that further up the hill human remains are present in what they say is the wreckage of the forward fuselage but they would not take us as it was getting dark."

Memorials
Declared dead the day of the crash. Remains were recovered after the crash and were later buried at Manila American Cemetery. McDowell at Plot F Row 8 Grave 66. Copeland at Plot A Row 3 Grave 171. Donnelly at Plot F Row 3 Grave 52.

References
J Baugher Serial Numbers 1942- listing for 100728
Thanks to Ted Darcy and Phil Fazzini for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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